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The all-new Brickell City Centre, which set out to totally transform the downtown Miami area, celebrated its grand opening on November 3. It spans three city blocks and is comprised of two residential towers, two mid-rise office buildings, the EAST, Miami hotel, and over 100 retail stores (such as Bally, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Agent Provacateur) and dining spots (like Luke’s Lobster and American Harvest)—assuring the site’s identifiable mark in Miami’s growing skyline.
The expansive three-level retail center is anchored by Miami’s first Saks Fifth Avenue in over 30 years, the United States’ first CMX theater, and in 2017, the city’s first Italian food hall. With 92 percent of its retail spaces accounted for, the Centre is welcoming about 20 percent of its brands to the South Florida market for the first time. The two residential towers, named REACH and RISE, offer 390- unit luxury condos, the office spaces have been leased by Akerman LLP and WeWork, and the EAST, Miami hotel recently opened Quinto La Huella, a Uruguayan restaurant, and Sugar, a rooftop bar.
Developed by Hong Kong-based Swire Properties Inc., alongside retail co- developers Whitman Family Development and Simon Property Group, Brickell City Centre will also seamlessly connect its visitors to surrounding attractions, as Swire Properties has integrated the Miami Metromover with a stop that exits directly into the center’s third floor, and a two-story underground parking lot. The $1.05 billion project was the largest privately-funded project in the U.S. when it broke ground in 2012, and is expected to be one of the city’s biggest and brightest attractions for global visitors looking for an astral experience. The ambitious project is also home to The Climate Ribbon, a $30 million representation of sustainable innovation.
“Brickell City Centre is certainly a first for Miami and will inevitably solidify the city as a true world-class destination. What we’ve done here is unique; there’s no handbook or manual for it because it hasn’t been done before,” said Stephen Owens, President of Swire Properties. “We have carefully created a vertical shopping experience that is very urban in its design, with many firsts and many internationally recognized retailers. I feel privileged to finally share with the world what we felt was always missing in Brickell: a destination.”
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